Tuesday’s Action from the AHSAA Finals

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Birmingham, Ala. - (WHNT) Teams from North Alabama were a perfect 6-0 Tuesday inside Legacy Arena at the BJCC. Below are some short recaps of the games courtesy of the AHSAA.

Westminster Christian 41, Straughn 37
   Westminster Christian (21-11) handed veteran coach Ronnie Stapler the 699th win of his high school coaching career Tuesday night with a 41-37 victory over Straughn in the semifinals of the AHSAA Class 4A boys state tournament.
Playing the semifinals for the first time in school history, the Wildcats relied on tough defense to seal the win.  Trey Petty scored 14 points and Tysean Whitehead added eight points and seven rebounds.
Straughn (21-9), coached by Lomax Andrews, shot 51.7 percent from the field but was limited to only 29 field-goal tries. Steve Lawless had nine points for the Tigers and Brice Scott added eight. He also had seven rebounds. Rollin Kinsaul chipped in seven points and four steals in a strong defensive effort as well.
Westminster will play in the Class 4A boys’ state finals Friday night at the BJCC Legacy Arena. Tipoff is set for 9 p.m.

Class 4A Boys Semifinals
West Limestone 31, Bibb County 29

   West Limestone edged Bibb County 31-29 in the Class 4A boys state basketball tournament semifinals Tuesday to advance to the state finals Friday night at 9 p.m. at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
Hunter Morgan scored 10 points to pace the Wildcats (32-3) of Coach Justin Taylor. West Limestone overcame a 9-of-21 free-throw shooting effort thanks to its tenacious defensive effort.  Hunter also had seven rebounds, three steals and three blocked shots. Grant Baugher and Matt Bozeman had eight points each for the Wildcats.
Bibb County (26-10), coached by Russ Wallace, out-rebounded West Limestone 40-21 but made only 12-of-28 free throws and shot only 22.9 percent (8 of 35) from the floor. Maleake Kersh had seven points and nine rebounds for the Choctaws. Ralph Westbrook had six points and seven rebounds, and Brandon Rutledge also had seven boards.

Class 4A Girls Semifinals
Deshler 63, Sipsey Valley 40
   Deshler outscored Sipsey Valley 26-9 in the fourth quarter to break open a close game en route to a 63-40 victory over the Bears in the AHSAA Class 4A girls state tournament semifinals at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
Coach Jana Killen’s Lady Tigers (33-2) were led by Lauren Cantrell’s 16 points. Nicole Shirley added 13 and Julia Burton 10.  Burton also had 10 rebounds and Karleigh Sledged had 12.
Coach Jerome Elliott’s Sipsey Valley team, making its first appearance in the state tournament, had a big effort from Denetria Williams. She had 21 points and 13 rebounds. Charity Brown also had12 points and a game-high 15 rebounds.
Deshler will play in the 4A state finals Friday at the BJCC at 7:15 p.m.

Class 3A Boys Semifinals
Madison Academy 66,Montgomery Academy 55

   Madison Academy beat Montgomery Academy 66-55 in the Class 3A boys semifinals Tuesday to advance to the championship game of the 93rd annual AHSAA State Basketball Tournament Friday.
The Mustangs (18-12), coached by Andy Blackston, led 54-53 with 1:48 to play when Myles Parker sank a lay-up. An intentional foul on the play sent him to the free-throw line for two more points and Josh Langford nailed a short jumper on the inbounds pass to turn the one-point game into a seven-point lead.
Langford led Madison Academy with 16 points and seven rebounds. Keke Matthews added 15 points and Will Acuff 13.
Josh Thomas led Coach Anthony McCall’s Eagles (21-9) with 21 points. Thomas, who was 11-of-13 at the foul line, closed his career as the leading career scorer in Montgomery prep history.  Landon Crane also had 16 points and eight rebounds.
Class 3A Girls Semifinals
Lauderdale County 62, Montgomery Academy 34

   Lauderdale County (38-0) rolled into the AHSAA Class 3A girls state basketball finals for the fourth straight year with a 62-34 win over Montgomery Academy at the BJCC Legacy Arena Tuesday morning.
Coach Brant Llewellyn’s Lady Tigers extended their state-record basketball winning streak to 83 as Allison Cruce scored 22 points and cleared 12 rebounds. Ivy Wallen added 15 points, Ella Wallen had nine and Makayla Liles eight points and nine rebounds.
Montgomery Academy (26-7), coached by Barry Fencher got nine points and eight rebounds from Kayla White. Caroline Trulove had eight points and a game-high 15 rebounds.
The 38 wins tied the state single-season record for wins by a girls’ team -- a record set last year by Lauderdale County as its won a third straight 3A title.
Class 3A Girls Semifinals
Pisgah 59, Barbour County 49

   Presley Johnson scored 33 points to lead the Lady Eagles (28-6) to a 59-49 victory over Barbour County in the AHSAA Class 3A girls state tournament semifinals Tuesday at the BCCC Legacy Arena.
Johnson was 13-of-20 from the field and a perfect 7-of-7 at the foul line. She also had 14 rebounds and five blocked shots.
Pisgah, coached by Carey Ellison, trailed 30-28 at the half but took the lead for good in the third quarter. Lily Womack added 14 points.
Barbour County (19-9), coached by Robert Palmer, was led by Jasonie Guice’s 20 points. Chanda Patterson also contributed 13.
Pisgah takes on three-time state champion Lauderdale County (38-0) in the 3A finals Friday.

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